UPDATED: Now the official press release is out, we have a little bit more info on the upcoming new Star Trek TV show. It’ll air on CBS in January 2017… But only the first episode will be on the main channel. After that, it’ll be on CBS All Access, which is their On Demand service, which already offers every episode of all the previous series.
It’s being produced by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote JJ’s recent reboot of the franchise, and will star an entirely new cast of characters “seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”
Interestingly, they say “the new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.” This has to do with the rights of the Star Trek tv show being with CBS, where as the film rights belong to Paramount. It does raise the question of whether the new show will continue in the original timeline (Shatner/Kirk, Stewart/Picard etc…), which is also the one used by the Star Trek Online game, or if it’ll be set in JJ’s alt (i.e. Chris Pine/Kirk) timeline used in the films. That statement seems to imply it may be a continuation of the original timeline…
Obviously there’s no news yet on where it’ll air in the UK as it’s only just been announced, but given Sky’s history with the franchise, I’d be extremely surprised if it didn’t end up on Sky 1 or Sky Atlantic.
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Can i just say YAY it’s about time! 😀
Alex Kurtzman co-writer and executive producer of JJ’s Star Trek movie has announced he’s bring the show back to the small screen at CBS. Not much more is know about it yet, but expect more announcements later today!
Star Trek has been off the small screen for 10 years (yes… ST: Enterprise is 10yrs old!), but after Abrams, Kurtzman & Orci spectacularly brought the show back to the cinema, rumours had been circulating of a TV revival. With the 50th anniversary next year, now is a great time to do it as the new show will air in the Jan 2017 in the US.
We’ll update with more news as we get it.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a Bantha for the last few months, you are no doubt aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to cinemas on the 17th Dec 2015 in the UK. Yesterday a new poster and trailer dropped showing a whole lot more than we’d seen before. The most noticeable thing in both is the distinct absence of a certain Mr. Skywalker… There is the tiniest glimpse of a hooded figure with a robotic hand in the trailer, which is most likely Luke, but that’s it. He’s not on the poster or really featured in the trailer. We know Mark Hamill was on set and his name is on the poster, so he will pop up somewhere, but he’s most definitely conspicuous by his absence in the marketing.
So why is that? The most likely possibility is something to do with his appearance. Could it be he’s been careless enough to loose an eye or ear along with his hand? Or could it be he’s turned to the dark side… Maybe that beard he’s been cultivating is some misdirection, and he’s not the new ‘Obi-Wan’ but the new ‘Emperor’, ravaged by years seeped in the dark side of the force… Which brings us to the next thing…
…that thing in the background of the poster that looks somewhat like a giant Pokemon ball. Is that a new Death Star? You know what they say, ‘3rd times a charm’ right?
Also interesting is the composition of the poster. Daisy Ridley’s Rey is front and centre, flanked by John Boyega’s Finn and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. This raises 2 things. 1 – it’s interesting that (currently at least), the lead isn’t the Jedi, and 2 – is the positioning of light and dark either side of Rey a sign she will get pulled in both directions?.. Or maybe i’m reading too much into it, and it just looked cool. 😉
Either way, tickets are available now, and I urge you to go and book asap.
For those of you that have been hiding under a bantha for the last 12 months, there is a little film due out on the 18th of Dec called STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! In honour of that, today has been dubbed Force Friday – the day when all the new toys and merchandise for the film will be launched. Along with all the usual figures and awesome LEGO stuff, there are rather more interesting items out there. Here is our top 5 WANT list of things…
Considering BB-8 is a droid we currently know very little about, there is an awful lot of affection out there for him already! This version from Sphero is controllable using your phone either by direction controls in the accompanying app or using voice commands. They’ve also imbued him with a personality (of sorts) which changed based on how you interact with him. You can even record and view ‘holographic’ videos – that’s more impressive than it sounds, as they are virtual ‘holographic’ videos, meaning BB-8 doesn’t project them like R2 in A New Hope. You watch them via your phone… Even so, he’s so freaking adorable!
You know that Lego Millennium Falcon you REALLY wanted as a kid, but your parents wouldn’t fork out for it. Well it’s back in a new Force Awakens version, complete with square (not round) satellite dish! You might now be pushing 40 but £129.99 is a small price to pay for recapturing your youth! This version comes with Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus the aforementioned BB-8 Astromech Droid!
Millennium Falcon Flying Drone
LEGO not your thing (what sort of sick monster are you?!) Then why not buzz your neighbour’s laughably badly defended exhaust port with this new Millennium Falcon Flying Drone! Not due till October, but definitely on our WANT list.
Remote Controlled AT-AT
Sick of those pesky rebels getting all the glory? Why not fight for the Empire with this handy Remote control AT-AT!
Of course, no Star Wars toy list would be complete without a Lightsaber on it, and this is the new version they’ve come up with. Inspired by the new villain Kylo Ren’s broadsword style lightsaber, this give you the chance to build your own lightsaber in whatever shape you want to! Totally configurable boasting 100+ combinations.
As I eluded to in Geektown Radio a few weeks ago, I recently spent an evening in a galaxy far far away (otherwise know as a large warehouse in London), courtesy of the rebel scum at Secret Cinema. Last year they took people back in time with their Back To The Future extravaganza, but this year sees them take to the stars with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Your journey starts before you even get to event, with you being assigned a role and a character to play when you get there. I should say, if you are going to go, get dressed up. You don’t have to of course, and the night I went there were people who put in various levels of effort. However, I rather got the feeling the more effort you made, the more likely you are to get singled out in the interactive story playing out in front of you.
Once you’re arrive at the secret location, you’re thrown into the world of Star Wars and… well, I don’t want to say too much as to spoil it for people… But its fair to say, you get to visit some key locations, and meet some well know characters as you’re guided through an interactive story set in a universe we all know and love.
The pre-film sections are just brilliant fun. The ‘space’ split into 2 main locations, and whilst I enjoyed ‘location 2’, for me, ‘location 1’ was just phenomenally good. There’s a kind of lacklustre review in one of the national papers today about how the film “wasn’t of interest” to people and they preferred to hang around the bar… Well, of course you idiot, you’ve rather proved how you totally missed the point… We’ve seen the film hundreds of times! This is the one night you can actually STAND in one of the locations from the film! The actors are great throughout, from the ‘feature’ players to the stall owners and bar tenders (bring a credit/debit card, then don’t take ‘earth money’). No one broke character. They were also brilliant with the kids we had in our group.
Although you maybe mesmerised by the world, I would urge anyone going to go and watch the film when it starts. Make sure you keep your eyes open around the room whilst it plays out too. There’s plenty of time to hang out in the bar afterwards and party into the small hours… And what a bar to hang out in…
Look… I know it’s over £70, and some people are saying that is a lot to see a film… but if you’re a Star Wars fan, believe me, it’s not. It’s so SO much more than seeing a film. It’s an experience. It’s a Star Wars themed world where you can interact with the people. It’s a chance for you to stand somewhere you never thought you’d be able stand, on a world you’d never thought you’d be. You have to go to this event. Search your feelings… you know it to be true…
SECRET CINEMA Presents STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK runs now until 27th September 2015 www.secretcinema.org/tickets
10/10 – Feels like you’re in a galaxy far far away!
So… There’s this thing going on in London right now, and till the end of September… Which *they* have asked me to tell you about… I’m really not sure how much I’m supposed to say. I mean, they told me “Many Bothans died to bring us this video…”
And then there’s this poster which was smuggled to me…
But… They made me sign things… Things saying I couldn’t say anything. About anything… That I’d seen nothing. Or they’d drop me in the Sarlacc Pit… Not that I know what that is of course… Because I know nothing. Nope, not me… Nothing at all. Zip. Nada… *nervous laugh*
But they did say you needed to know… So I think I’ll be okay just give you the ‘official credit line’ which is ‘SECRET CINEMA Presents STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK runs 4th June until 27th September 2015 www.secretcinema.org/tickets‘
I think i’m okay doing that…
*shadowy figure emerges nearby*
Oh, my! I… I’m terribly sorry. I didn’t mean to… No, please don’t get up!
Over the next week the cities of London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle & Glasgow will be invaded by Daleks, Cybermen, and the (slightly less scary) BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Chorus of Wales, as Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Tour hits the UK. Celebrating the music of Who’s composer for the last 10 years, Mr. Murray Gold, the show is a musical trip through the last decade of the timelord, from Eccleston to Capaldi, and hosted by Doctor No 5. Peter Davidson.
Davidson, not in traditional cricket outfit (although the jacket does make an appearance), is an entertaining host, with various quips about needing to do a good job or he’ll be replace by Colin Baker, and how odd it is to have 10th Doctor David Tennant calls him ‘Dad’ (Tennant married Davidson’s daughter Georgia Moffett).
The show opens with a sequence of current Doctor Peter Capaldi on screen pulling various levers and turning dials in the TARDIS, whilst the orchestra, conducted by Who’s resident orchestrator Ben Foster, launch into the first of Murray’s themes, ‘A Good Man?’ The BBC National Orchestra of Wales are completely faultless in their performance, and the music and visuals draw you into the world of Who, immersing you in all things timelord.
Helping with that immersion, are the large array of monsters the Spectacular brings with it! From newer monsters like The Teller (5th eps, season 8), to the creepy Foretold (Mummy on the Orient Express) and The Silence, to classics like Cybermen, and of course, Daleks. The later of which take over the show, and wander (or rather roll) amongst the audience barking orders like only Daleks can!
A particular highlight for me arrived in act two with the epic and emotive Pandorica Suite which got an amazing reaction from the Birmingham fans.
Whether your a fan of the music, or just a fan of the tv show, there’s really something for people of all ages here. Along with being a great night out, it will remind you of how awesome the rebooted series has been, and have you reaching for your box sets or Netflix subscription to start watching the whole run again!